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Move to Switzerland then look for a job or looking for a job then move?

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Non-EU passport holder; Live in France; My husband is French and works in Geneva, holding a G permit; one-year working experience
I would love to work in Switzerland but work permit is a really a problem for me as I am a non-EU and living in France.

Solutions:
1. Move to Switzerland first, waiting for the B permit which could last for 4 months to obtain.
Sounds great, but the only problem is the money problem if we live in Switzerland with only my husband's salary. I may ask money from my parents to support us living in Switzerland before I have a job. But I don't know how long it takes for me to work, and I don't know how long it gonna last for asking money from parents. Moving to Switzerland gonna be a risky decision for me.

2. My parents-in-law suggest me should look for a job first, if there is any company in Switzerland wanna hire me, then maybe move to Switzerland, apply for work permit.
The problem is that I found many companies only consider the applicants with a work permit or EU citizen. If I apply for the positions with a cover letter stated 'If it is necessary, I am willing to relocate in Switzerland to obtain a B permit', is it still hopefully to be considered? Or when I fill in online applications, will my application be ignored if I choose 'without work permit and non-EU'?

If the second solution is hopeless, I will follow the solution 1 even it is risky.

Thanks for all!
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Old 27.04.2011, 15:33
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Re: Move to Switzerland then look for a job or looking for a job then move?

Why don't you find a job in France? You are right moving to Switzerland will not guarantee you will find a job when you get here. So as you say, it's very risky to move and not be able to afford to live.

But you are also correct that companies will not bother to look at your CV if you don't have all your paperwork (permits, etc) in order. You are in a catch 22 and your only option really seems to be get a job in France, save money then move to Switzerland.

What kind of work do you do?
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Re: Move to Switzerland then look for a job or looking for a job then move?

What about a job in France?
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Re: Move to Switzerland then look for a job or looking for a job then move?

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What about a job in France?
I live in Annemasse in France. It is not a place for lots of job opportunities. And more important, I don't speak fluent French. Speaking fluent French is a must for working in France.
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I live in Annemasse in France. It is not a place for lots of job opportunities. And more important, I don't speak fluent French. Speaking fluent French is a must for working in France.
It's also a must in Geneva. I'm sure there are other cities near and around Annemasse. YOu are not restricted to just working in Annemasse.
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It's also a must in Geneva. I'm sure there are other cities near and around Annemasse. YOu are not restricted to just working in Annemasse.
It is not a really must in Geneva as my friends work in Lausanne, they only speak English, very little French.
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It is not a really must in Geneva as my friends work in Lausanne, they only speak English, very little French.
It is not a must... but it helps a lot!

If you have valuable skills they won't care what language you speak and they will even get a permit for you... if you are looking for a more "normal" job, I would suggest getting something even simpler just to practice the language and meet more people.

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Re: Move to Switzerland then look for a job or looking for a job then move?

You may find it difficult to convince the HR gatekeepers to look seriously at an application from a non-local address. I struggled to get answers back from Basel companies while I was living in Zurich (and vice versa). Somehow this appears to factor into their initial screening criteria--as if the candidate hasn't already considered the distance or relocation potential before applying.
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Re: Move to Switzerland then look for a job or looking for a job then move?

You should move to switzerland and then find a job. It will be incredibly difficult to be considered as a potential candidate if you do not. I know that many recruitment agencies will not take you on unless you move. You are impossible to place without a permit and not being in the country.

Finding a new job is time consuming ... Realistically it takes 3-6 months. take the time to really understand the job market and to get integrated.

and accept all support - why not!

The good news is that, in my view, the Swiss job market is quite strong at present.

It will also be good for your relationship to be with your husband.

Good luck!
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Re: Move to Switzerland then look for a job or looking for a job then move?

Unfortunately I have the same problem-I want to remove to Switzerland,but at first I need to find some job.Maybe it's not a big problem-I am an engineer-specialist from menagement,I am a nurse too but the big problem for me is-that I don't speak German.
It's not a big problem for me-to learn German language,but I have no much time before my moving to Switzerland.
What can I do????
Is that possible to find a job in Zurich or Winterthur(because I want to live in Winterthur) and not to speak German??
haha-maybe even my English is terrible-because is not my native language.I am from Poland
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